As mayors in Denver, Atlanta, New York City, and elsewhere have been hostile to the 99 Percent Movement protesters in their city, Lansing, Michigan Mayor Virg Bernero has set himself apart from others by welcoming the demonstrations in his city. He not only visited demonstrators but put out a statement of support on his Facebook page:
Our political system has become increasingly corportized, privatized and profitized by the filthy rich. The unholy alliance of Washington and Wall Street have conspired against regular folks to all but obliterate the American Dream and bastardise our democracy. Thank God the people are fighting back! America must be a place of opportunity for ALL, not just the few at the top. I welcome Occupy Wall Street to Lansing, Michigan.